MATTHEWS, N.C. — If Jaycee Horn was to choose a college now, he would one day be taking part in the “Third Saturday in October.”
Chances are the No. 30-ranked cornerback in the 2018 class would be in crimson, but he has’t ruled out donning orange.
“Tennessee is still up there. ‘Bama leads right now but Tennessee is still up there,” the Scout four-star cornerback prospect told InsideTennessee. “I like the coaches, I maintain a good relationship with them.”
Other than the Tide and Volunteers, Horn listed Ohio State, South Carolina and Wake Forest as some of the programs coming after him the hardest. Horn gave details on what it will take to move the Crimson Tide off its perch.
“I’m not really sure,” he said. “Maybe relationships, visiting schools more, getting around the players. I want to get around the players because they’ll give you the real about some of your coaches, your position coach. So I may want to get around the DBs and just ask them how things are and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Alabama gets a portion of its Scout five- and four-star prospects to the National Football League, which is part of what Horn finds attractive about potentially playing in Tuscaloosa.
“Really their résumé speaks for itself,” Horn said. “Coach (Nick) Saban, I like that he coaches the DBs. He’s the head coach, but he helps out with the DBs a lot. They’ve just got a good résumé, and I like Alabama a lot.”
The Alpharetta (Ga.) High School product said he plans to visit Auburn and Tennessee in June. The next visit to Knoxville will be the 6-foot, 180-pounder’s third Rocky Top trip.
Horn's father knows a thing or two about the gridiron life. Joe Horn went from Itawamba (Miss.) Community College to the NFL where he hauled in 603 career receptions for 8,744 yards and 58 touchdowns. However, dear ole dad seems to be leaving the college destination entirely up to his teenager.
“He don’t care. Wherever I go, he’s down for it,” Jaycee Horn said.
The two were on Tennessee’s campus in March to get a taste of Big Orange Country and to place eyeballs on first-year Vols defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.
“I went to their practice and checked out how coach Warren coached and and how their DBs are. So it was fun,” Jaycee Horn said.
“(Warren) is a big technician guy, everything is about technique. That’s what you need at DB. Technique is a big factor in being the best DB you can. I think he’s a great coach.”
The Peach State-based four-star talent has been clocked in to prep for his final season at Alpharetta. He took part in The Opening Charlotte to gauge those efforts.“I’ve been working on my speed a little bit,” Horn said.
“That was my first time running a 40. Just wanted to see where I was from that time and improve to get a better time.”
The South’s No. 15-ranked cornerback has not yet approached the scheduling of his official visits. He reports a 3.0 grade point average and plans to take the ACT on June 11. He hasn’t ruled out enrolling in college in January.